Anne Casey's Blog (4)

Confronting the Dark Side of the Irish ‘Down Under’

Image: 'Falling' by Jane Theau (2017)

When I was asked to write a series of poems for an art exhibition in Australia earlier this year, I embarked on a dark voyage of…

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Added by Anne Casey on November 6, 2017 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Flying Back, I Barely Recognise My Hometown

When at 18 or 20, or in my case 24, you fly away on the adventure of a lifetime, you aren't thinking of your future self. When I first winged my way to Australia, I had no inkling where it would lead. Or all the losses it would lead to. For me. For my…

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Added by Anne Casey on August 28, 2017 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

'Would You Ever Think of Coming Home?'

I am surely not the first Irish emigrant to have heard these words from their heartbroken mother. Guilt at the impact of my decision to leave Ireland and grief at the loss of my beloved mother are…

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Added by Anne Casey on July 25, 2017 at 4:00am — 6 Comments

'Would you ever think of coming home?'

Why the emptiness of the emigrant's baggage can weigh heavily at times... A poem I wrote about the hardest part of going 'home' when you live half a world away (published in The Irish Times):
http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/generation-emigration/my-mum-would-ask-would-you-ever-think-of-coming-home-1.2515552

Added by Anne Casey on September 4, 2016 at 7:14am — 1 Comment

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